When the Rangers acquired sniper Marian Gaborik this past offseason for 5-years, $7.5 million, many critics noted that if the highly talented, but fragile player could only hack an average of 50 games a season with Minnesota, there was little chance he’d suddenly become durable in New York. And so far they were right.
Gaborik, looked on to be the offensive catalyst for the Rangers in 2009-10, was held out of physical testing on the opening day of training camp because of soreness due to pre-camp light skating.
“We just want to be careful, he’s a little tender,” said Rangers’ coach John Tortorella. “He was skating the other day, he’s just a little sore from that. We don’t want to do anything stupid.”
Gaborik needed serious hip surgery last season which only allowed him to play 17 games.
According to multiple reports out of Team Canada’s Olympic camp in Calgary, Flyers’ forward Simon Gagne has suffered a hip injury practicing with the team. Darren Dreger of TSN is reporting that Gagne will miss the rest of the week-long camp.
The injury is not serious, but just a tweaking of the right hip, the same in which Gagne had a clean up procedure on in late May.
“For now it’s nothing serious,” Gagne told Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post. “The pace was a little faster than I was used to this summer. I think I’ll be OK for training camp.”
Gagne believes that the fast pace of the camp contributed to soreness.
“It was a little tight when I was skating on my own, but the tempo here is a lot faster than the pace I set this summer,” he said. “It’s faster than I expected and I’ll need to do some more rehab.”
The injury is likely to keep Simon on the shelf until Flyers’ training camp on Sept. 13.
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While some believed that future Hall of Famer defenseman Derian Hatcher could make a possible return to the Flyers during their 2008-09 playoff run, people in the know, knew that Hatcher’s right knee was damaged to the point of no return. And on June 1, major surgery officially ended what was a storied career.
Hatcher underwent full right knee replacement surgery on the same damaged leg that hobbled him throughout the 07-08 playoffs. With almost no mobility, the Flyers put him on LTIR to start the 08-09 season, but Hatcher’s will to compete saw him back on the ice trying to make a comeback. But unfortunately for him, his knee wouldn’t agree, unceremoniously ending his playing career. Hatcher has not declared retirement, but it can’t be far behind.
Despite not being able to meet the guys on the ice, Hatcher will remain with the team. He is rumored to one of the coaches tapped to run the Flyers prospect camp that takes place weeks before training camp begins.
Hatcher won the Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999. He was the first America-born captain to ever lead a team to the cup. He was signed as a free agent by the Flyers in 2005 and had nine goals and 24 assists in 203 games.
At the conclusion of the Flyers’ season, it was announced that defenseman Randy Jones would need exploratory surgery to figure out why the same hip that needed a procedure done to repair a torn labrum at the beginning of the season, was still giving him pain. After getting the hip checked out by professionals, it turns out Randy did not re-injure himself, but just needed a clean up.
On Wednesday, Jones underwent a surgery to clean up scar tissue and inflamed tissue in his hip.
“Jones had immediate relief from the surgery they did today,” Holmgren said.
Jones finished the season under extreme pain caused by the sore hip and serious surgery was a potential concern. But with him possibly on the trade block in the offseason, not needing months of rehab is not only a breath of fresh air for Jones, but for the Flyers as well.
Many people speculated that Flyers’ forward Jeff Carter was battling injury after only scoring one goal in six playoff games. He led the Flyers with 46 goals during the regular season, but seemed to lack potency in the second season.
And it’s starting to make sense why.
According to a report from CSN, Carter played a majority of the playoffs with a separated his shoulder suffered in game 3 against the Penguins in Philadelphia. The injury may have hampered his offensive output for the rest of the series.
“Jeff kinda fell into the boards awkwardly and separated his shoulder,” General Manager Paul Holmgren said. “It won’t require surgery but it was enough of an injury it hampered him. He just can’t play right now. He needs to rest it.”
The injury was announced by Holmgren after Carter declined an invitation to join Team Canada in Switzerland for the IIHF World Championships.
General Manager Paul Holmgren announced Tuesday, that captain Mike Richards finished the 2008-09 season with a torn labrum both his left and right shoulder. The first-year Flyers’ captain will undergo surgery on the right shoulder and doctors will re-evaluate the injury on the left shoulder after results of an MRI come back. Going under the knife will put Mike out 10-12 weeks. He will be ready for the start of the season.
The Torn Labrum epidemic is becoming more and more common with athletes as technology to diagonose the injury improves. It’s not the type of tear that can get worse, it simply causes discomfort and if you can handle the pain you can play without fear of aggravating it more or causing more damage.
In the NHL rulebook, it states that any player engaging in entertaining naughty activity in the final moments of a game can be suspended and the coach of the team be fined. For the Flyers, it was Daniel Carcillo with the one-game layoff and coach John Stevens with the 10k fine.
In the final minutes of the final period in game one of the playoff series against the Penguins, Carcillo took a faceoff against Maxime Talbot. Down 4-1 and frustrated, Carcillo’s right glove contacted Talbot’s head. Talbot fell to the ground like he was obliterated by the hammer of Thor. No penalty was given, but a suspension followed.